The word for this week is familiar to all of us. The word is 'SIN'.
Sin is a fact of life. It's impossible to look around on any given day and not see the effect of sin.
Sin is a little word that carries large consequences. It is a word that is centered on 'I'. (Interesting to note that the same letter is found squarely in the center of the word 'pride', the source of all sin.) The largest problem any human being has is an 'I' problem. This personal problem, though often veiled in pride is manifested by sin. Anytime 'I' put my wants ahead of other's needs, then 'I' demonstrate that 'I' care more for my personal preference than people. My 'I' problem causes me to sin against God and against others.
Sin is best defined 'to miss'. It doesn't matter how much I miss God's goal of perfection/purity for my life, it matters only that I miss it. Consequently, I miss out on His best.
God's Word (THE standard of measure) says in Romans 3:23--"For ALL have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God." That's on our best day, not just our worst! Each of us must acknowledge 'I' have sinned against God. 'I' am a sinner.
As one noted, 'I' am not a sinner because 'I' sin; 'I' sin because 'I' am a sinner. In the core of my very being, apart from Christ, the natural tendency (bent) of 'I' is to transgress; to willfully disobey the word of God. Each time 'I' do that, no matter how little or large, 'I' disregard not only the will of God for my life but the work of God in my life. 'I' settle for 'the good' or even 'the goods' of this world instead of God's best.
The problem with that is rather simple. Good is never good enough. Isaiah 64:6 says, "But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousness is as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away."
The consequences of sin are separation and suffering. And there's never an exception! My sin separates me from God. My sin causes suffering in my life. While the sin of others may bring suffering into my life, it's my sin alone that separates me from God. Sin comes with a steep price. God says its death. And the death that sin brings touches more than the physical body. It touches the spirit and soul, the very core of our being.
Romans 6:23 says, "For the wages of sin is death, BUT the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." (Aren't you thankful there is a 'but' in verse 23 of Romans 6?)
Death destroys the soul that's separated by sin BUT the Holy Spirit of God delivers the soul that believes God. That act of faith in Christ's atoning work saves the soul entirely and eternally from the penalty of sin. Only God can properly diagnose my 'I' problem and provide the cure for my sin problem IN Christ alone.
'I' can't fix my 'I' problem therefore 'I' will refuse to deal with my sin problem. You see, as long as 'I' is in control, sin is minimized, even redefined as a mistake or a shortcoming or a fault instead of a death sentence on the soul that separates me from God's best.
The Apostle Paul would close Romans 7 with the inspired word of the Holy Spirit that says to any soul willing to hear; "O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? I thank God--through Jesus Christ our Lord!..."
Sin is present with us BUT sin does not have power over us IN Christ!
So if you're sick of sin or sick in sin and all that comes with it, the Great Physician would prescribe a good dose of grace and mercy that forgives and heals!
The good news is, He'll make sure you get over it!
May the Lord bless His work in each of us this week!
1 Corinthians 15:58